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Kia Sportage vs Kia Sorento

Kia Sportage vs Kia Sorento

Kia Sportage vs Kia Sorento

So, you've decided you want a crossover and you've also wisely decided to make the smart move of choosing a Kia--but which one do you go for? If the Sedona is bigger than you need, the Soul is a little too funky, and a hybrid or plug-in hybrid isn't your thing, then that leaves the Sportage and the Sorento. You can't really lose here--both have been redesigned fairly recently and both offer tremendous value--but let's take a look at which might be best for you.

Does Size Matter?

Perhaps the most important difference between these two excellent models is the size. The Sportage is a compact crossover, while the Sorento is a mid-size offering. You might think that the difference between a compact and a mid-size is passenger room, but that's not always the case. Some mid-size models take space away from the second row in order to cram in a third, but that's not the case with the Sorento. Both the Sportage and the Sorento offer comfortable space for all passengers.

So, really, the question comes down to how many passengers you will regularly shuttle. If you need room for more than five passengers, the Sorento is your best choice because it offers that third-row seat. If you don't, you may be more comfortable with the Sportage and its standard two rows.

How Does It Look?

The Sorento is a pretty good looking crossover that won't offend anyone, but it's not a design that will turn heads as you're driving down the road either. Of course, if standing out is something you're wary of, the Sedona's somewhat conservative styling could be perfect for you. The Kia's minivan offering gives you seating for seven, just like the Sorento, but offers some practical options that SUVs don't have. If you're definitely not in the market for a minivan but like the idea of a solid, attractive SUV, the Kia Sorento is a fine choice.

The Kia Sportage is bolder in its styling thanks to a recent redesign. The 2017 Sportage looks more aggressive and ready to handle whatever comes its way, with a futuristic flair that may or may not appeal to all buyers. If you'd rather not blend in in the carpool lane or the parking lot, the Sportage is the way to go.

Will It Do Its Job?

These two both come with a base engine that's a 2.4-liter inline-four, and an optional 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit. But the Sorento also has an additional engine option in the shape of a 3.3-liter V-6 that's obviously more powerful than the other two. In both vehicles, the 2.0-liter turbo is a great option because it delivers a great combination of performance and fuel efficiency with 240 horsepower on tap.

If you're leaning towards the larger Sorento and you will regularly be loading it up with a full complement of seven passengers, the extra 50 horsepower the V-6 produces could come in useful though. Of course, as the Sportage is smaller and lighter than the Sorento, you'll find both four-cylinder engines will deliver much quicker and sportier performance in the Sportage.

What About the Budget?

If budget considerations drive your decisions, fuel economy will be important to you. You'll be glad to hear there's not a huge amount of difference between the two crossovers unless you choose the V-6 Sorento. The best ratings the Sportage can get are 23 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg combined with front-wheel drive. The equivalent Sorento can manage 21 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway and 24 mpg combined.

Another consideration for your budget will be the price tag, but there's not much difference between these two Kia SUVs. At the base trim levels, the lowest MSRP for a Sportage is $22,990, while the equivalent Sorento is $25,400. If you look at the other end of the spectrum, though, you can pay more than $10k extra for a top-spec Sorento than the most lavish Sportage will cost you. Either way, the Kia is a budget-friendly SUV option.